WIRE X 2019 Week of Innovative Regions in Europe - 26-28th of June, Iasi, Romania - Explore, Create and Innovate in your region!
Key facts from WIRE 2019

The two days event was included in the calendar of the Romania Presidency at the European Union Council, the single major event dedicated to R&I organized outside the capital. WIRE 2019 is a continuation of the WIRE events, being an anniversary edition, the 10th.

The event targeted active representatives of research, innovation and education ecosystems in Europe and not only, with the purpose to create a community of policy makers and practitioners that are willing to share their institutional experience and collective intelligence in tackling the challenges toward the future of R&I beyond 2020.

Key facts:

- 280 delegates from 33 countries participate, out of which 190 from „widening countries”
- more than 50 articles were published in media and 38.757- total reach on Social Media (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) – until 31.07.2019
- 26 teams participated with prototypes in the “Visual Science” Exhibition; the most preferred by the public was awarded – “„IHRG Hybrid mechatronic & FES rehabilitation glove for stroke patients” from Technical University „Gheorghe Asachi” Iasi
- 3 study tours (technological development for innovation, life sciences and innovation in agrifood) were organized for 108 registered delegates

- The event was honored at the gala opening by the participation of Mr. Nicolae Hurduc, Minister of Research and Innovation, Mr. Maricel Popa, President of the Iasi County Council, Mr. Sorin Brasoveanu, President of Bacau County Council and North-East Regional Development Council and Mrs. Signe Ratso, Deputy Director General at the European Commission DG Research and Innovation; Mister. Kevin Morgan Professor at the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, UK, Mrs. Alina Popa, Executive Director EURONEST ICT Innovative Cluster, Mr. Cristian Otgon, representative of Transylvania DIH, as valuable key note speakers

- In 2 days, the Palace of Culture hosted 2 plenary sessions3 parallel workshops4 thematic workshops and 3 side events. 3 associated events also took place in the same period in Iasi. 
- previous WIRE host organizers and EC DG R&I were awarded for their efforts to support this event and passed the message toward Croatia the organizers of the XI edition.   
- The matchmaking application created is available for free on the dedicated website www.wire2019.eu that will remain active until 2022. 

WIRE 2019 rapporteurs concluded that the agenda of the conference and the speakers were very well thought, which brought to the audience a variety of topics with different perspectives, from the type of the organization (public administration, university, research organization, development & innovation agencies and companies), the role in R&I policy (managing authority, intermediary or practician) and the territories (EU Member States, Israel, USA and Canada). 

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5 scientific papers were selected from the public call „Innores”

Organized as associated event to WIRE, this call culminated during WIRE with a workshop where the collected scientific papers from Belgium, Hungary, Poland and Romania were presented. The 5 selected papers are under peer review in order to be published in the „Review of Economic and Business Studies” magazine, issue from sem II 2019 with the support of the University “AL. I Cuza” Iasi.

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The process of establishing a Digital Innovation Hub in North-East Romania started during WIRE X 2019

One of the workshops hosted by partner entities, during WIRE X 2019 conference, “Atelierul de idei” Iasi, brought up the issue of digital transformation in the North-East Region. The paradox is that, although in Romania the IT market is constantly expanding, our country is on one of the last places in the European Union in terms of digitization.

To reduce the current gap, the EU has proposed the development of a Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) network as a key priority in the European Industry Digitization Initiative, adopted in April 2016. In Europe, there are currently 500 such structures, including 282 fully operational and 216 in preparation. In Romania there are only 2 fully operational Hubs (Cluj and Sibiu).

In North East Region, there has been no such initiative so far, although the level of digitization of companies in the region reflects the paradox of digital transformation in Romania. We are thus facing a potential of national and regional development that deserves to be harnessed by indigenous entities for the good and gain of the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem.

With this in mind, the workshop ˝Exploring the alignment to a common purpose, using the methodology of LEGO SERIOUS GAME˝, hosted by Alexandru Ioan Cuza University and facilitated by Cristina Baghiu - CEO, Founder & Facilitator “Atelierul de idei”, has proposed and succeeded in improving the collaboration of the key actors of the regional innovation ecosystem, by stimulating the synergy towards a common goal: the creation of a digital innovation hub (DIH) in the northeast of Romania.

The LEGO SERIOUS PLAY methodology uses a 100% interactive approach, with all participants having the opportunity to contribute and be heard and systematically working individually and collectively, to build 3D representations of their perspectives, using LEGO bricks. 21 participants, key actors (decision-makers from the NE region - representatives of the IT community, academia, entrepreneurship, public administration, NGOs), grouped into 4 working tables, were challenged to think about setting up of an IHL in the region.

The conclusions show that the key actors are aware of the need for such a structure in the North-East Region, we have the necessary competences to set it up, we can access the necessary resources and, last but not least, we have a community involved and willing to contribute at this initiative. After WIRE, the dialogue continued so in July 2019, 6 entities (5 private companies, 1 academia and 1 NGO), expressed firmly their interest to form the initiative and coordination group for the future Digital Innovation Hub in the North-East Region. The next meeting scheduled at mid August 2019, will bring together the initiative group and will aim to establish the next steps in achieving this goal. We will come back soon with interesting news for international cooperation on this matter!

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European Lab Brussels 2019 - 3rd edition at BOZAR 3-5 October 2019 FREE ENTRY

European Lab consists of conferences, debates and documentary screenings designed to make sense of the great
political, economic, social and urban transformations of our
age. Inviting a new generation of thinkers and citizens to join
the debate, European Lab reflects the convictions of
BOZAR AGORA, an initiative that bring art, society and politics together
to challenge and rebuild the European narrative, particularly
among the younger generations.

TIME TO ACT!

- Art as resistance
- Climate, time to act
- Free spaces for new cities
- Europe, our horizon

FIRST SPEAKERS:
- Bernard Stiegler, Philosopher I FR
- Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Philosopher I SN
- Anaïs Brémond,
Boiler Room I FR
- Naja Orashvili,
BASSIANI I GE
- Kélina Gotman,
King's College London I UK
- Bogomir Doringer,
We are Europe Artist I RS

More information coming soon!
Learn more at
http://europeanlab.be#ELbxl2019

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North-East Regional Development Agency
Piatra Neamt, Romania, wire2019@adrnordest.ro
WIRE 2019 has been organised by North-East Regional Development Agency under the agenda of the Romanian EU Council Presidency 2019, with the support of the Ministry for Research and Innovation in Romania and cofinancing from European Commission, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020 Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation.